2023 Subaru Forester 2.5i-S awd SUV Review

Subaru Forester 2.5i-S – Subaru Forester  has been extremely popular model for Subaru and now comes in a wide model spread. We drove the 2.5i S model priced from $46,340 plus the usual costs

MY22 Subaru Forester 2.5i-S. front The Forester competes against such SUV as the Toyota RAV 4, Mazda CX-5, Kia Sportage and Hyundai Tucson.

The Forester is the SUV you buy if you are serious about lifestyle adventures. With a ground clearance of 220mm it rivals many dual range 4WDs, and in reality will put a few of them to shame.

It comes with a 2.5 L boxer engine that has reasonable power and torque, a 7 step CVT and the impressive active torque split symmetrical AWD system with 2 stage X-Mode.

It also has an 1800kg towing capacity which is ideal for smaller camper trailers, boats and sea-doos.

The “S’ MODEL is packed with little luxuries like heated leather front seats, auto headlights and wipers, powered tailgate, auto dipping passenger exterior mirror when reversing and a premium audio system

On top of all that its has class leading eye sight safety systems.

There is a reason why Subaru’s are so popular in areas where its often snowing or icy conditions. They really are the best AWD SUV for grip on the market

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Subaru Forester 2.5i-S boxer engine


More Subaru Forester Details

  • Forester has been popular, selling over 300,000 in Australia since it was first launched
  • The reason is that its really very good.
  • There are so many good features in the Forester.
  • It was transformed a few years ago when it was revamped on the new global platform.
  • However little things like the central screen now seem dated when compared to the Outback and Crosstrek.
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity would also be appreciated.
  • A lack of a turbo version is extremely disappointing.
  • It should be so easy to drop the new turbo 2.4L from the XT Outback into the Forester.

2023 Subaru Forester 2.5i-S central screen duo

What is good?

  • AWD and towing Capability with X-Mode
  • Class leading safety features
  • Ride, Handling and Dynamics

What is not so good?

  • Smart phone mirroring not wireless
  • Central screen looks dated against the outback and Crosstrek
  • No Turbo version

Also Look At

AWD SUVs in this medium size are prolific. But some are better than others.

Buyers could look at Jeep Compass , Audi Q3, Toyota RAV4 Edge, Hyundai TucsonKia SportageMazda CX-5, Haval H6 HEV, Skoda Karoq VW Tiguan, or  Nissan X-Trail.

MY22 Subaru Forester 2.5i-S. interior

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Subaru Forester 2.5i-S Final thoughts

Forester is class leading in so many areas including: AWD and towing capacity, ground clearance, ride and handling.

Its the choice AWD SUV for more adventurous buyers and is ideal for bush trips, towing smaller camper trailers or Sea-doos and weekend getaways.

Forester is perfect for snow trips and where there are regular icy conditions.

You simply cant beat the full time AWD system.

MY22 Subaru Forester 2.5i-S. rear

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